Canal Date 19th July 2011
Travels 10 Miles 5Lock
Current Location Ragley Boat Stop - Barrow upon Trent
Another dull and very windy day, not the best day for moving but we have been here for 3 days and it is a 3 day mooring. Also we do need to push on if we are going to make Stone in time.
The wind was so strong that I had to use full power to turn against it. It is a good job that the Trent is wide here or I am sure we would have been blown against the bank. Once moving we were going directly into the wind. The waves on the Trent were large enough to break against the bows causing a continuous spray to blow in our faces. It was like proper sailing. The wind had a nasty habit of either a severe sudden gust or totally disappearing for a few moment. Either way it had the same result, the boat turning rapidly. It requires a lot of concentration in these conditions especially when approaching the locks. Not only do you have to guess where the wind may take you, you also have to allow for the bypass weirs. These also push you completely off line. (I am not very good at this concentration thing)
As we progressed further away from the Trent the wind decreased. We stopped for lunch during one of the heavier down pours. We continued to The Ragley Boat Stop. Its a Pub! It even has electric hook up! We just had to go in and try it out. It looks like it may be a bit too up market and expensive for our wallets. I was pleasantly surprised, it was a very nice and clean, well decorated and inviting pub with good menu and value prices. Fully Recommend.
Its not that often that we open the curtains to a view of roses in full bloom and a perfectly manicured lawns,. This is indeed a nice pub mooring, probably the best we have found so far. If Carlsberg made moorings it would be like this!
Its a shame to leave so soon. There is much more on the menu that we have not had time to try. So much food – So little time.